6 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-38

  1. Jim…you’re not unemployed. You are called of God. And He provides the wages. He feeds with manna. He turns rocks into water. Sorry to tell you this but …’me thinks’ (:smile:) He may be getting you prepared to ‘truly’serve Him …by ‘doing’ for others. Previously you’ve been instructing the ‘hearers’. They sit and listen to you ‘talk’ scripture. And while ‘you’ taught…’you’ learned…more than all the ‘hearers’. Been there..done that. But God and Christ..always..taught concretely…by action…by demonstration. But in a world where so MANY are ‘hearers’ only…..a deciple who ‘knows’ God turns water to wine, feeds multitudes with manna, slays enemies (Goliath), brings down walls of enemy cities (Jericho), preserves men within the fiery furnace (Hebrew chidren), shuts the mouths of lions, saves nations from famine (Joseph), and gives Himself to death to redeem man…..that ‘true’ deciple is needed in the Harvest. That ‘true’ deciple is needed in the highways and hedges to invite to the King’s Feast…for ‘they will come.’ Time is short. The harvest is about to be lost.

    I ‘KNOW’ FROM EXPERIENCE that ‘teaching’ is good. But taking the LOVE of God to the ‘widows and orphans in their affliction, going to the ‘highways and hedges’ where the outcasts live, and putting your ‘trust’ in God to supply…especially the temporal needs…is truly ‘GOOD.’

    Very touching post. The desire of my heart and, therefore, my prayer for you to God is ‘Thy will be done.’

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    Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.

  2. Elias,

    Thanks for your kind and encouraging words. I know He’ll bring me to that place He has been preparing, and when He does, what a wonderful time we’ll have. And thanks for your prayers.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  3. I hesitate to do this, but … the last thing that you are (in my opinion) is unemployed. I know that affiliation with and organization and the associated job title and wage usually add up to “employment.” However, by a more casual definition,are you currently doing useful work? I think so. I find your willingness to reveal yourself quite inspirational – and I’m not much or easily inspired lately. So – good work!

    Angie

  4. Angie,

    Yes, I am employed, even if it is by the chief Employer. However, I tend to write what is on my mind at the time, and this post is quite transparent. I think many Christians go through difficult times of doubt and self-examination, and this was a time for me. It is during these times when Scripture seems to take on a whole new meaning, as it did for me in this passage. Maybe it’s because it is only when I’m most vulnerable that I’m willing to let the Spirit speak to my areas of hurt and disappointment. Now, just because I do not “feel” the exact same way now as when I wrote this article does not invalidate my thinking at the time; I can still find shades and aromas of those feelings and emotions, so I know they are there. Furthermore, my purpose in writing is not only to share where I’m at, but to be a voice that also expresses the place others are at and they can shout, “Hey, I’m not alone.” For some reason real, honest, dirty, smelly transparency is not a “religiously” acceptable commodity in some Christian circles. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t travel in those circles.

    Thanks again for stopping by and giving me your insights. I appreciate it.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  5. Very interesting… Well I got a lot out of the lessons you learned because I can see how they apply to me as well in several ways.

    Equally I am amazed at how people read scripture and get different meanings. For instance, I am amazed at how many Christians seem to not care about the poor at all. I have been in enough services in my life and have heard the prosperity takes and how Jesus said the poor will always be with you but that doesn’t mean it has to be you etc.

    In the church i used to attend we used to have open forums to discuss things… even in the middle of the message. As you can imagine that was a good and bad thing. But i remember talking about how there were two different Jesus’ in the bible… the one some of us read who cares about the whole person as it relates to their growth and relationship to God, the poor, needy, etc. And another one who cares about the wealthy and conservative politics only. I know you get what i mean and it pained me to try to get the words out. The “congregation” shouted things like, “Oh no there is but one God, one Jesus.” They didn’t even understand.. didn’t try to.

    It seems the Jesus you serve cares about the things I’ve always thought he cares about even as a child. not that that is the ONLY thing he cares about… i’ve wrestled with many other things like the character stuff for instance. But it just hurts and discourages me so much to see the way many seem not to care about such fundamental human issues –

  6. I know what you mean about two different Jesus’. Many times Jesus is interpreted through the eyes of the existing culture instead of through the eyes of the culture Jesus was in. Because of this, Jesus often comes in second. People will say, “I’m an American Christian” instead of “I’m a Christian who lives in America.” Or, when questioned if they are religious, they reply, “Oh yes, I’m a Baptist (or Catholic, Pentecostal, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc),” and not simply, “I’m a Christian.” It seems denominations and country often precede being a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, and that bothers me. Quite often people will try to pinpoint my denominational affiliation. I tell them I was saved in a Baptist church, baptized in a Pentecostal Church, and spent four years in a Catholic monastic community. That would make me a “Bapticostalic.” Anyway, thanks for the comments.

    Blessings,

    Jim

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